Find out more about other State of North Carolina recognition programs.
Richard Caswell Award
The Richard Caswell Award Program was established in January 1998 for state employees with 45 or more years of service. The award acknowledges and expresses appreciation for noteworthy, extended dedicated service. An appropriate statewide or agency-level ceremony is conducted annually for eligible employees.
John R. Larkins Award
The John R. Larkins Award is presented each year to a North Carolina state government employee who best exemplifies the deeds of John R. Larkins in human and race relations in the workplace and community. The award recognizes state government employees who are committed to equality for all, are dedicated to serving North Carolina citizens, and promote social responsibility in racial and ethnic relations.
Nominees must be permanent North Carolina state government employees with a minimum of 2 years of service. A panel selected by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance Committee will judge each entry. The John R. Larkins Award recipient will be announced at the annual State Employees’ Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance Program and John R. Larkins Award Ceremony.
The Order of the Long Leaf Pine
This is the highest award for state service granted by the Office of the Governor. Nominations can be made for retiring individuals who have 30 or more years of service in the State of North Carolina. All submissions must include a biography of the nominee. Non-state employees must submit three (3) letters of recommendation and a statement of service from Human Resources on letterhead, if available. All nominations of state employees must be submitted by a Human Resources Officer and include a statement of service. Please note that all award requests for state employees must be submitted within 60 days of the nominee’s retirement date.